SWITZERLAND –  A strategic partnership between Swiss food technology group Bühler and Canadian company Premier Tech has yielded a new series of fully automated packaging equipment.

Called CHRONOS OML-1060, the new packaging equipment leverages on Bühler’s strong footprint and market position in China and Premier Tech’s recognized knowledge in the field of automated packaging technologies.

According to a statement from Bühler, the CHRONOS OML-1060 is the first of solution to be developed through this joint venture that was created in 2019.

The equipment has been manufactured in Premier Tech and Bühler’s joint design and manufacturing center in China and is built with  the same design and technology utilized in their existing solutions produced in Europe.

Bühler says the new fully automatic OML-1060 packaging solution for the grain, food, and feed industries is a more affordable iteration of an existing high-end solution, without compromising on accuracy or reliability.

 The OML-1060 is compatible with most common bag closing systems and can easily handle free-flowing granular material such as animal feed, pet food, rice, seeds, and plastic pellets.

It can handle 20 to 50 kg bags at a speed of up to 600 bags per hour and can easily run any type of bag, including non-laminated poly woven that can be problematic to fill due to their irregular properties, according to Bühler.

Its small and compact footprint optimizes floorspace and its lean design eases operation and maintenance.

It is also a fully enclosed automatic packaging technology requires very limited operator interaction, enabling better and safer working conditions.

Collaborations in Research and Development have become quite common between equipment manufacturing companies this year.

Through partnerships, equipment manufacturers get to leverage their best strengths and are able to cut down production costs, producing superior equipment within a relatively short period of time.

Bühler partnership with Canadian company Premier Tech is the third major collaboration in the food industry in less than a month.

A week ago, Swedish-Swiss food processing technology company Tetra Pak partnered with Rockwell Automation to develop technologies aimed at reducing variability and improves quality consistency in cheese and powder solutions.

That same week, Bühler Group and leading manufacturer of centrifugally chilled cast iron rolls for the food processing industry Balaguer Rolls partnered to develop next-generation smart rolls for grain processing. 

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